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What In Fact is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the present-day website hosting marketplace are supplied by a very insubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-scale business niche, which furnishes a vast number of different web hosting brand names, yet providing exactly the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market furnish literally the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are similar. Quite similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200k "website hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are merely an average chap who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and web sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting alternative you can decide upon? Of course there is, now there are more than 200,000 web hosting suppliers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique web hosting brand names in the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the present-day web hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a great strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably covered most web hosting industry requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback No.1: A dumb domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extra attentive not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder structure is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
public_html/my-family (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-domain.com (an add-on domain name)
public_html/my-second-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-wife.net (an add-on domain name)
public_html/my-third-domain.com (an add-on domain)
public_html/my-third-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-third-wife.net (an add-on domain name)
public_html/rebeka (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/rebeka.my-third-wife.net (a sub-domain of an add-on domain name)
Are you becoming baffled? We certainly are!
Weakness Number Two: The same mail folder configuration
The mail folder configuration on the server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly reinforce their faith in God when coping with the email folders on the email server, praying not to botch things up too gravely.
Negative Side Number Three: An utter shortage of domain management user interfaces
Do we have to cite the total absence of a modern domain manipulation interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois info, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a gigantic problem. An unforgettable one, we want to add...
Predicament Number 4: Numerous user login places (min two, maximum three)
What about the necessity for an additional login to access the invoicing, domain name and technical support management interface? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting distributor. Now and then, depending on the invoicing transaction system (principally conceived for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting provider is availing of, the enthusiastic customers can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain administration menu; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Downside No.5: More than 120 web hosting CP departments to become familiar with... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to learn each and every one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them swiftly... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...